People as pawns

Print edition : November 01, 2013

A "Long March" by college students in support of Samaikyandhra, or United Andhra, on August 30 in Visakhapatnam. Photo: C.V. SUBRAHMANYAM

TRS supporters block the road in front of Telangana Bhavan in Hyderabad on October 5 and burn effigies of TDP leader N. Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy. Photo: Mohammed_Yousuf, The Hindu

The main road near the RTC complex in Visakhapatnam in pitch darkness on October 9 as a result of a strike by electricity employees who support Samaikhyandhra. Photo: K_R_DEEPAK

N. Chandrababu Naidu being examined by doctors on the third day of his indefinite fast at Andhra Bhawan in New Delhi on October 9. Photo: PTI

Policemen carrying Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy to hospital on the fifth day of his indefinite hunger strike, in Hyderabad on October 9. Photo: PTI

Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K. Chandrasekhara Rao at Mint compound in Hyderabad on October 5, with exuberant electricity board employees from the Telangana region cheering in the background.

The Congress is clearly eyeing a pre-poll alliance with the TRS in Telangana and a post-poll alliance with the YSR Congress in Seemandhra. In this cynical game, it is dividing not only Andhra Pradesh politically but also the eight crore Telugu-speaking people in their minds and hearts.

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